What Are the Wizards of Odds? The TAI Staff and Las Vegas Predicts Round 2
Randy Wittman on the good ole days:
“We did everything together… It’s a different… There was no social media or Nintendo or whatever games that they play… Asteroids or whatever. So you did things together, you went out to dinner together, you didn’t sit in a room.”
As game time encroaches upon our humble, #SoWizards lives, there is an uncertain excitement in the air. No one—not fans, not coachers, not players—knows what’s going to play out once that ball is tossed in the air. Sports, y’all.
So, as sports tend to go, we are contractually obliged to throw out predictions that absolutely no one will really hold us to. Let’s go…
TAI Staff Predictions
Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks): I can show you the world. Shining, shimmering splendid. Tell me, readers, now when did you last let the second half of a Pacers season decide? Wizards in 6. No one to tell us no, say we’re only dreaming, John Wall, etc.
Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis): Sorry to the Lady Gaga Monster fans who hate basketball, but the Wizards close this out over the hapless Pacers in six games. Then, before the Heat and Wizards Eastern Conference Finals, it will be revealed that Team President Ernie Grunfeld has been granted a life time contract.
Adam Rubin (@LedellsPlace): Washington in 6. The Wizards can do exactly what the Hawks did, just with better players.
Dan Diamond (@ddiamond): Washington in 6. I can’t believe I just wrote that.
Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20): Pacers in 7. The Wizards have had a fine season, but the Pacers are one step closer to the Miami Heat—the only team that brings the confident gene out of them.
Sean Fagan (@McCarrick): Wizards in 6. Pandas fly, dolphins do algebra and Lance Stephenson spontaneously implodes after Otto Porter blocks his shot.
John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend): The Washington Wizards, today, are a better basketball team than the Indiana Pacers. (That will still be true two weeks from now.) Wiz Kids in 7.
Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It): I said Wizards in 6 as my initial prediction on a Pacers podcast on Sunday afternoon, and I said the same thing on D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan with Chad Dukes on Monday afternoon. Seems worth sticking to.
Las Vegas odds (via @BovadaLV) assigned a +170 payout and 17/10 odds to the Wizards against the Bulls in Round 1, essentially meaning that the Wizards had a 37 percent chance to win and if someone put down $100, legally, on Washington to take the series, they would have won $170 (so, a $270 payout).
Round 2 versus Indiana, it seems, isn’t much different. The Wizards are given a slightly better chance to win (38%) and the payout on a $100 bet would be $260. Find the full run-down via BovadaLV below.
NBA CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS – SERIES PRICES
Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers
Washington Wizards +160 (8/5)
Indiana Pacers -180 (5/9)
Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards – Exact Series Result
Indiana Pacers win 4-0 17/2
Indiana Pacers win 4-1 7/2
Indiana Pacers win 4-2 4/1
Indiana Pacers win 4-3 7/2
Washington Wizards win 4-0 20/1
Washington Wizards win 4-1 9/1
Washington Wizards win 4-2 11/2
Washington Wizards win 4-3 11/2
Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards – Total Games in Series
4 Games 6/1
5 Games 5/2
6 Games 7/4
7 Games 7/4
John Wall - Average Second Round Points Per Game
John Wall - Average Second Round Assists Per Game
Bradley Beal - Average Second Round Points Per Game
Marcin Gortat - Average Second Round Points Per Game
Marcin Gortat - Average Second Round Rebounds Per Game
Paul George - Average Second Round Points Per Game
Paul George - Average Second Round Rebounds Per Game
David West - Average Second Round Points Per Game
David West - Average Second Rebounds Per Game
Lance Stephenson - Average Second Round Points Per Game
Lance Stephenson - Average Second Round Rebounds Per Game
George Hill - Average Second Round Points Per Game
Roy Hibbert - Average Second Round Minutes Points Per Game
Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship
San Antonio Spurs 3/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 9/2
Los Angeles Clippers 15/2
Brooklyn Nets 16/1
Portland Trailblazers 25/1
Washington Wizards 25/1
Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference
Brooklyn Nets 7/1
Washington Wizards 9/1
Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference
San Antonio Spurs 11/10
Oklahoma City Thunder 11/5
Los Angeles Clippers 3/1
Portland Trailblazers 9/1
2014 NBA Championship Exact Matchup
Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs 7/4
Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder 13/4
Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers 4/1
Miami Heat vs Portland Trailblazers
Indiana Pacers vs San Antonio Spurs 12/1
Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder 18/1
Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Clippers 25/1
Indiana Pacers vs Portland Trailblazers 60/1
Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs 15/1
Brooklyn Nets vs Oklahoma City Thunder 22/1
Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Clippers 30/1
Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Trailblazers 75/1
Washington Wizards vs San Antonio Spurs 20/1
Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder 30/1
Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Clippers 28/1
Washington Wizards vs Portland Trailblazers 75/1
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